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September 1947

CUTANEOUS DISEASES IN ARMY AIR FORCE PERSONNEL

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1947;56(3):364-372. doi:10.1001/archderm.1947.01520090084010
Abstract

THE TYPE of dermatologic cases encountered in the Army differ somewhat from those seen in civilian practice. This is due to the fact that most of the chronic, serious or extensive cutaneous disorders are disqualifying for military service. In the Army, since it is composed mainly of healthly young men, one encounters mostly acute cutaneous diseases acquired after induction. This is especially true in the Army Air Forces, since the physical requirements for flying are so strict as to eliminate most cutaneous diseases.

The conditions of army life in training and combat make certain diseases of the skin commoner than in civilian life. Such is the case of scabies, dermatophytosis and dermatitis solaris. When one excludes the tropical diseases of the skin and the cutaneous diseases prevalent in tropical regions, which may be acquired by all types of personnel stationed in those areas, the incidence and the nature of different

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